If you think you don’t like oatmeal give this recipe a try. I could write a book of testimonials about this meal from people who swore they didn’t like oatmeal to mountain bikers who no longer bonked halfway through their ride. And it’s simple, inexpensive and a great “GO TO” meal.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 tablespoon dried apricots, cut in small pieces
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons nonfat powdered milk
- honey or stevia to taste
Cut the apricots into small pieces (1/4”) and put them in a pot with the raisins and water. Bring to a boil and add the oats. Turn heat down to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients. If the oatmeal is very thick add a little hot water to get a looser consistency. It is easier to eat and digest when it is not too thick.
- Instead of oats, try 1/3 cup of any Multi-Grain Cereal or Steelcut Oats in 1 1/3 cup water. Cook for ~45 minutes or save time and cook overnight in a slow cooker.
- Other tasty hot cereals can be made from Bear Mush (natural cream of wheat), cornmeal or Pocono (cream of buckwheat). Use 1/3 cup cereal to 1 1/3 cup water. Cook for 15 minutes.
- Try fresh apples or pears, dried peaches, almonds, or a pinch of cinnamon for variety
- Add ground flax seed for a nutty flavor along with fiber and omega 3 fats.
- Substitute whey protein or almond milk for the powdered milk.